The oldest shopping street of Utrecht de 'Twijnstraat' is located right in the Museum Quarter, the characteristic southern part of the Old Town. To date, this nice street with beautiful old facades still has craft shops like a butcher, a baker, a fisherman, a florist, a cheese shop and a grocery store. In combination with the cozy coffee shops, cafes, original gift shops and fashion shops, this street makes a nice place to live.
The major attractions such as the Dom Tower, world-famous canals with their quays and terraces are directly near to the water are on 10 minutes walking distance. Or if you would like to go for a nice walk along our city canals then you will find just around the corner at ZIES the beautiful city canal with hiking trails through a beautiful park with ancient chestnut trees.
In the immediate vicinity of ZIES, there are also several museums, including the Central Museum and Miffy Museum, the busy Louis Hartlooper Complex with five cinemas, and beautifully sunny terraces. Five times a year, a regional market is organized in the street, including the Christmas market, which has become a concept in Utrecht and surrounding areas.
•From Schiphol airport there is a direct train connection to Utrecht Central, a train journey of no more than 30 minutes. From here, take the train to Station Vaartsche Rijn in less than 3 minutes, which is a 5-minute walk from ZIES.
•You can also take the city bus from the Central Station; Line 2 Museum Line, get off at Tolsteegbrug stop! Last bus back: 00:14 PM
•Parking around the corner, in the 24-hour parking garage Vaartsche Rijn. If you pass the Oosterkade along the water in the north direction, the walking distance is 350 meters or 5 minutes walk to ZIES.
•Address of parking garage Vaartsche Rijn: Baden Powellweg 103, 3523 CA Utrecht.
•Hourly rate (you pay per minute) €2,57 / Maximum daily rate €20,56
•Nightly ticket from 19.00 hours €6,41
•Parking nearby (paid parking everywhere) Twijnstraat, Oosterkade- or Westerkade,Nicolaï Church
(behind the Twijnstraat) €4,50 per hour.
•Tip: Cheaper, check-out per minute with mobile parking
Walking from Utrecht Central Station (approx. 25min.)
From Utrecht Central Station, head towards 'Hoog Catherijne' shopping center and take the first exit on your right, which leads to the Moreelsepark. You walk towards Mariaplaats (you cross the Catharijne Singel) and see the music conservatory on your right. Take the curve and then go straight on the Springweg. At Hotel Karel V it is the next street on the left (the Haverstraat). At the end of this street you cross the bridge and immediately turn right onto the Oudegracht. This keeps you following after about 600 meters, the street crosses into the Twijnstraat. After 150 meters, you will find ZIES on turn the corner.
If you need a taxi then we can reserve it for you at the UTC (Utrechtse Taxi Centrale. For a single trip from Schiphol to Utrecht or from Utrecht to Schiphol we can book these for €59,00 for one way. This taxi has a maximum up to four people, or can reserve a van, depending on the amount of luggage you have. On arrival at Schiphol, you can report to S.T.A. (Schiphol Transfer Assistance) counter across Starbucks coffee place. The S.T.A. staff will call the taxi driver when you arrive. When paying by credit card, the taxi driver requests €5,00 administration fee.
The staff of ZIES will be happy to advise you on how to plan your trip, so please feel free to contact us.